Daily Vegan Lunch for 9 December, 2013: Quick Rice Soup with Broccoli and Chickpeas

rice soup with broccoli and chickpeas IMG_3808


2 cups vegetable broth (I used Better Than Bouillon mixed with water)
1.5 cups cooked white rice — this is a great recipe to use if you accidentally overcook rice and it’s too mushy to use for anything else
2 tablespoons minced onion
1 tablespoon chopped pickled plums
1 cup broccoli florets
3/4 cup chickpeas
1 tablespoon roasted pine nuts
Nori seaweed, cut into strips, to sprinkle


Combine rice, broth, onion, chickpeas, pickled plums, and broccoli in a bowl and microwave for 2 minutes on high. Alternately, combine the same ingredients in a small pot on the stovetop and bring to a boil, turning heat down to medium as soon as it boils and simmering five minutes.

Roast pine nuts by placing them in a pan without oil on medium heat for about 5 minutes. Be careful to watch them so they don’t burn.

Top the soup with shredded nori and roasted pine nuts.

Daily Vegan Lunch for 22 October, 2013: Spicy Tomato Soup with Sticky Rice Cakes

vegan tomato soup with gochujang and tteok


1 teaspoon oil
1 cup onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3 medium sized ripe tomatoes or 2 cups stewed tomatoes from a can and their juice
1 tablespoon Gochujang (spicy Korean chili paste)
1 cup almond milk
1 cup tteok (Korean sticky rice cakes) soaked overnight or boiled in water for 30 seconds
Salt to taste


Soak 1 cup refrigerated tteok, either the flat or cylindrical ones, in water for 2 hours or overnight. Alternately, boil them in 2 cups of water for 30 seconds. Sauté onion and garlic in oil for 2 minutes in a small pan on medium heat. Roughly chop tomatoes and put them in the blender. Add the onion/garlic mixture, gochujang, almond milk, and salt.

Blend until smoothly pureed, about 2 minutes.

Heat the soup on the stovetop or microwave and stir in tteok before serving.

Daily Vegan Lunch for 1 October, 2013: Miso and Brown Rice Soup

vegan miso rice soup


1.5 cups water
2 teaspoons any color miso, I used white miso
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 cup brown rice
1 teaspoon kombu powder (kombu seaweed squares ground up in a coffee grinder or food processor)
1/4 cup minced pickled plums

Combine all ingredients and simmer in a small pot on medium heat until warmed through. Alternately, heat in the microwave for approximately 2 minutes. Stir until miso is dissolved.

Daily Vegan Lunch for 12 September, 2013: Congee with Pickled Plums

If I could go back in time, I would have this for breakfast before school every day.

vegan congee with pickled plums


1. 5 cups overcooked, mushy sushi rice (or any white rice cooked with 1/2 – 1 cup too much water)
1.5 cups vegetable broth (I used 1.5 cups water mixed with 1 teaspoon Better Than Bouillon)
4 – 5 pickled plums or umeboshi, pitted and chopped fine
1 tablespoon chopped green onion


Finely chop pickled plums and green onion.  Stir rice into broth and add plums and green onion.  Reheat on stove or microwave if needed.

Daily Vegan Lunch for 24 August 2013: Bean Sprout Pancakes

vegan spout pancakes


3 cups soy or mung bean sprouts
1 cup flour
1 cup water
2 teaspoons sesame seed oil
2 green onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon soy sauce

Oil for frying

Leftover tare sauce or bottled teriyaki sauce


Combine flour, water, garlic, and soy sauce in a large bowl, stir well. Add sprouts and onion and stir until combined. Fry on medium-high heat in oil, pressing pancakes as thin as possible. Flip once they change color and when lifted, the edge is brown and crispy.

Daily Vegan Lunch for 23 August, 2013: Korean Sprout Soup

vegan korean sprout soup

I sprouted my own soybean sprouts and had success the very first time using Maangchi’s perfect tutorial:


2 cups soybean sprouts
4 cups water
1 vegan broth cube
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon konbu powder (ground up konbu seaweed squares, I use my coffee grinder)
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 green onion, chopped

Salt, to taste

Bring water, konbu powder, and broth cube to a boil in a large pot. Add sprouts, soy sauce, garlic, and sesame oil. Stir and take the heat down to medium. Allow it to simmer 20 minutes until the soup becomes fragrant. Add salt if needed. Add green onion shortly before serving.

Daily Vegan Lunch for 25 July, 2013: Kim Chi Fried Rice

Kim Chi Fried Rice



3 cups cabbage, shredded or chopped
1 tablespoon oil
2 cups cooked long grain rice, refrigerated 24 hours
1.5 cups chopped green onion
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
1 tablespoon gochujang (Spicy Korean miso available in most Asian groceries)
1/4 cup soy sauce or to taste


Prepare all ingredients, including rice, and set them to the side of the stove so they are ready to go. Turn heat as high as it will go. Put oil in a large pan (not non-stick as the Teflon stuff becomes unstable and poisonous at high temps) until the oil smokes. Add cabbage to the pan — BE CAREFUL! The oil can spatter because it’s very hot. Stir for 30 seconds until it wilts and add refrigerated rice. You really have to use chilled rice because otherwise the rice turns gummy, sticky, and nasty. Stir the rice which will brown quickly, about 1 minute. Add green onion, soy sauce, sesame seed oil, and gochujang at once. Stir for one minute more to incorporate the gochujang and coat all the rice. Done!